‘Travels, Stories of Journeys into the Unknown’
this Friday, 24 April 2015 at 7.30pm ,
Chanel Arts Centre, Motueka

It is this time again, the leaves are starting to turn golden and there is a slight chill in the air first thing in the morning and during the day, the spaces in the shade are getting cooler, too. We invite you to come together and share in the experience of others, to the theme:
Travels, Stories of Journeys into the Unknown
Who knows what kind of journeys we might embark on this coming Friday.
I hope you can come and find out for yourself, and do tell your neighbours, friends and colleagues about it.
We are blessed with a large pool of talented storytellers in our community, and they are working hard to give the lost art of storytelling new meaning and in doing so, help in maintaining our vibrant community. Please reward and honour them with your presence.

These are the people who have offered to share one of their stories, listed here in no particular order:
Dawn Jones
John Crick
Catrin Jacksties
John Alker
Rhonnie Seager
Ross Doyle
Amelia Opie
Stepehen Evans
Fran Deech

We are also very exited to have the international, multi talented, multi instrumentalist Martin the Musiac with us. I’m sure he will also take us on a Journey into the Unknown.

Seats are strictly limited. To reserve yours, click the ‘order your ticket’ tab above. Tickets will be held at the door under your name. Please plan to arrive early, so we can start on time.
Adults $10
Students $5
Under 16 free

As always, delicious nibbles and drinks are available from 7pm and during intermission.
Looking forward to seeing you there.


Change of date and venue

Due to a number of conflicting events and activities, we have to postpone our next story telling event, previously scheduled 20 March 2015.
Not only the date, also the venue changes: Our next event will now be held at the colder season venue, The Chanel Arts Centre on April 24 2015, to the theme ‘Travels, Stories of Journeys into the Unknown’. We will start at the usual time of 7.30, please be there early to get your seat.
There are still a few spaces open for story tellers:
If yo have a story relating to the theme, then click on ‘Tell Your Story’ at the top of the page and I will get in touch with you.
Looking forward to hearing from you.

See you soon


Stories in the Park

Yes, in the park! And it’s looking great, sun’s out, music is playing, food is cooking, balls are kicked and hit and the Viking Chess is set up ready to go. Don’t put off to later, come on down now.
The weather is on our side!!


Stories in the Park, today, from 4.30

Hi folks

After putting in a word upstairs, we are quite confident, that the weather will hold and we are going ahead with the event taking place at Decks Reserve.
Come early, make to most of the late afternoon and enjoy the food and the music. We got a fantastic line-up, with Stephen Aroha and Rob de Leeuw, followed by Daisuke piano trio; not to be missed!!!

In the unlikely event of a turn in the weather, keep an eye on the page you are on, it will be updated mid afternoon.

See you soon.

Hans Strub

Stories in the Park,
this Friday at Decks Reserve, Motukea

As we are getting closer and closer to the end of the year, we are also getting closer to Christmas and even closer again to Stories in the Park. This week, in fact, on Friday, you are invited to celebrate with us the waning year at Decks Reserve. In my books, there is no better way to do this than by playing, listening to live music while eating delectable food and of course settling in to listen to some stories. It all starts at 4:30pm on Friday, 19 December: There will be several food-stalls, where you can purchase hot or cold food and drinks, there will be social outdoor games, music and other performances, even a clown will be around, probably getting the smaller people spellbound.
Storytelling will start a 7:30pm with 8 quite well known people from our community:

Peter Canton
Peter Garlick
Ron Sharp
Donna McLeod
Don Grant
Tom Watkins
Rob Knowles
Bashan King

This event is admission free and supported by:
Tasman CCS logo

I’m sure it is going to be an unforgettable night and hope to see you Friday afternoon. Please invite all of your friends to join and let us know via facebook, that you are coming. Also, come prepared with camping chairs and blankets, the ground might be damp and it will turn cool towards the end.

Ah, and in the unlikely event of unfavorable weather, we’ll be at the Memorial Hall from 6pm, with food and music, storytelling will commence at 7:30pm . I’ll update this web page on Friday at midday and again half way through the afternoon, so keep an eye on it!

We haven’t yet sold all the NPR Trio DVDs, so they will be available for purchase on Friday. To refresh your memory on how it was like, or for those of you who didn’t get to chance to attend, have a look in the Video section on this web page.

See you later this week.

Hans Strub

Tip: Hover your mouse over the description under Upcoming Events, and it will reveal more detail.

Stories in the Park
19 December 2014
Decks Reserve

After last year’s successful ‘Stories in the Park’, I was so inspired, that I immediately booked Decks Reserve again for this year. And now, I can hardly believe it, Christmas is just around the corner, and so is our open air story telling.
There are a few changes from last year, minor adjustments hardly worth a mention, except for one change: There is no theme.

We have invited a number of prominent local individuals to share one of their stories, and we have to wait a little longer for final confirmation.
In the unlikely event of bad weather we will go ahead anyway, but the venue will change. So ‘Stories in the Park’ will happen regardless of weather. You can stay informed by keeping an eye on this site.
Again, we will start halfway through the afternoon, play games, listen to music, have a picnic or get some culinary delights from the food stalls. Story telling will commence at 7.30pm.
Make sure you bring a blanket or camping chair and something warm to wrap up in.
Please make sure all of your friend know about it and send the link to the web page to everybody whom you think would be interested.

On a different note, I’m very excited to announce, that Chris Laing from ‘Around the Campfire’, the story telling events in Golden Bay,and I have joined to co-host an extended workshop, called “Develop your Story”. It will take place over several days during Luminate Festival at the end of January. You are all welcome there to develop and deepen one of your stories.

Anyway, as mentioned earlier, keep an eye on this page, more information will be loaded as we get closer to the time.

What’s new and exiting?!

What a great turnout at the August TSTL at the Chanel Arts Centre and what a great variety of stories. Many people I talked to favoured one story over an other, but it was interesting to observe, that every story had many likes.

Many thanks to everyone, who helped make the evening run so smoothly.

But what’s new:

The release of the DVD NPR Trio, recorded at the Memorial Hall last Ocober.

As many will recall, it was a great night of music and stories, and we have taken about 12 hours of footage and condensed it into a 2 hour film.

This is kind of a big deal for us getting this far finally, and you can applause us by purchasing one of the DVD’s for $25 through one of the following avenues:

  • Send us an email through the ‘Contact us’ tab above,
  • Come to the Steiner Spring Fair (where some of the performers will be present to sign your unique copy)
  • Wait to “Stories in the Park”, on 19 December 2014. But that is one long wait, and, as this is a limited edition, we may very well have run out by then.


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‘The Silver Lining’
This Friday, 29 August 2014, 7.30PM
Chanel Arts Centre, Motukea

August is a very busy time for many, especially so for the Rudolf Steiner School’s Spring Fair team, who are no doubt working very hard to make the 21st of September a roaring success. In times of heavy workloads and lots of commitments, going out for a night of story telling and live music might just be the best thing you can do, and it is happening this Friday night, 29 August 2014!!!!I’m sure you will not regret attending, as we have a very exiting and promising line-up of new, but no less seasoned story tellers, and after reading the synopsis of their stories, I know it is going to be a very engaging and memorable experience.

Here is a list of our latest story tellers, joining the ever growing number of contributers to TSTL. You might recognize some, or even all of the names:

David Armstrong
Fran Deech
Kevin Durkan
Lokita Rigney
Matthew ter Borg
Steve Henry
Warwick Sandler

Tickets are only available by clicking the ‘Order Ticket’ tab above or at the door. There is limited seating, so if you haven’t ordered your tickets, I recommend to be there early. Doors open at 7pm, at which time delicious food and beverages will be available and live music will start soon after. Story telling commences at 7.30pm.

I’m really looking forward to it and hope to see you there.


This Time Again

It is this time again, time to get organized for the next evening of live story telling in public.

Just over two weeks to the 29th of August, when we will gather around 7.15 p.pm at the Chanel Arts Centre in Motueka for a 7.30 p.m. start.

The theme ‘The Silver Lining’ is promising to create another enjoyable night with memorable stories, told by first time as well as more seasoned story tellers.

This will be the last regular TSTL for 2014, aside from “Stories in the Park” on 19th December. But that event will be quite different from the way TSTL is been presented currently. More will be revealed during the next event on the 29th this month.

As always around two or three weeks out from the night, there are still a few spaces for story tellers available, so if you have a story or know of someone who does, please get in touch as soon as possible.

Looking forward to seeing you in a couple of weeks.


‘Circle of Life’
this Friday, 20th June 2014 7.30 PM
Chanel Arts Centre, Motueka

Only two days to the next ‘True Stories Told Live’. 

Monday night’s rehearsal and coaching session once again filled me with anticipation. Not only will I get to hear the stories again, but more importantly, I get to hear the difference between the raw version and the polished version. And having a big audience at the Chanel Arts Centre is going to help bring out the best in the stroy tellers.
As we are also celebrating the return of the ascending sun and the longest night of the year, please bring a candle. There will be a large candle holder, big enough for all the candles, and as you place your candle, make a wish! Magic happens in all sorts of ways and places. I know for sure, some sort of magic always happens during live story telling.

We have a very interesting line-up of story tellers and stories, once again a truly international  cast. Here is a little peek preview:

Jenni Burt and Kris Kolff will share a story about the joy of life, the beauty of death and the celebration of community and friendship.

Marcin Novakowski talks about a circle of stones on a far away island and a New Zealand connection.

Steven Evans wants to let go of a past event and his story is about destruction, consequences and hiddden meaning.

Jimu Grimmett is reinventing himself and the circle contained therein and what else other than football has the world cup got to offer?

Heather Lindsay, in her light hearted way talks about her mother’s dying words and the power of suggestion….?

I’m also delighted to have Mohua Sun on board, who will be singing their stories in sweet harmonies.

Now, seats are strictly limited and tickets are only available through the “Order Ticket” tab at the top of the page, or at the door. First come first serve.


Hope to see you Friday.